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Driver charged in 4th alcohol-related crash

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A man who was rear-ended by a suspected drunk driver Sept. 5 wonders why the man who hit him has spent so little time in jail, given his history.

Gary Stephen Keene, the 62-year-old DUI suspect, has been charged in three previous alcohol-related crashes in Nashville. In two of those cases, people in the cars Keene hit were sent to the hospital because of their injuries.

The driver who was injured in the Sept. 5 crash, David Bishop, was struck while waiting at a red light in Bellevue. The impact totaled his Suburban. Bishop said Keene appeared to be trying to drive away after the crash.

"He kept trying to start the car. He was grinding the starter, even though the engine was demolished," Bishop said.

 "I thought he had a seizure. I thought he had lost it. But come to find out, he was drunker than a skunk, " he said.

Keene has a valid license.

According to court documents and police reports, Keene crashed into one car in 2004, fled the scene, then crashed into a second car a block away. In 2005, court records show, Keene was charged with fleeing the scene of a property damage accident.

Keene spent just 48 hours in jail for the 2004 and 2005 crashes.

"If you're 18, 19 years old, and you make a mistake, it's forgivable. I can understand that. When you're 62, you should get it. No. He doesn't get it," Bishop said.

Keene is out on bond on the latest DUI charge.

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